Post by Benchwarmer on Jun 30, 2022 13:04:57 GMT -8
Wow. That will be so weird. Guess nothing stays the same forever. Wonder if the PAC or some of it teams will want to join with Big 10 to form a really super-sized (you want fries with that?) conference.
Post by Trojangles on Jun 30, 2022 13:14:16 GMT -8
"LOS Angeles Times - BY J. BRADY MCCOLLOUGH, BILL PLASCHKE, RYAN KARTJE, JUNE 30, 2022 UPDATED 12:53 PM PT
USC and UCLA are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference, multiple sources confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday morning.
The schools are aiming to leave as early as 2024 and the migration is expected to include all sports except beach volleyball, men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s water polo, sources told The Times. The sources were not authorized to speak publicly about the deal.
The Trojans and Bruins have been flagship members of the West Coast’s power conference for nearly a century. Their departure to the Chicago-based Big Ten would signify a death blow to the notion of the Pac-12 as a competitive, top-level football conference and serve to bolster the Big Ten in its efforts to keep up with the Southeastern Conference, which accepted Texas and Oklahoma of the Big 12 as members last summer.
If USC and UCLA make the move official, the “Power Five” will move closer to a “Power Two” as college sports continues to reimagine its future in the era of name, image and likeness and player empowerment."
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Post by Trojangles on Jun 30, 2022 13:31:03 GMT -8
According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports,
"June 30 marks the last day either program (USC, UCLA) would have been able to inform the Pac-12 that they intend on leaving the conference if they want to “avoid potential additional financial penalties.”
The active Pac-12 grant of rights expires on June 30, 2024. Following the expiration of the rights, both programs are free to join whichever contract they so choose.
Norlander also reports that college sports across the board are expecting a formal announcement by the end of Thursday about USC and UCLA’s intention to leave the Pac-12 with Friday being the latest the reports will likely become official.
“One conference commissioner who has been involved in realignment decisions previously told CBS Sports: ‘You don’t leak it unless it is done,'” Norlander wrote."
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Post by Benchwarmer on Jun 30, 2022 14:37:48 GMT -8
Wow, it will be interesting to see how USC and UCLA fare against MI, the (bleah) OSU, Wisconsin, etc. on a regular basis and how many, if any, other PAC teams will try to hook up with the Big 10 or other conference.
Troj, how will this affect USC fans in regard to going to away games? I assume many frequently drove up to the Bay area for games each year. But now I think Nebraska will be the closest away game, which is about 3 times as far away.
If by chance UO and UW move to the Big 10 (and I have no idea if that might happen), would the conference have them play USC and UCLA every year?
If football ends up with only two major conferences (Big 10 and SEC, say), what happens to the Rose Bowl game?